If you’re a guy reading this, I can be sure of two things: 1. You’ve probably suffered from athlete’s foot. 2. You’ll probably suffer from athlete’s foot again.
We know that walking barefoot in public locker rooms, gyms, and pools put you at risk for athlete’s foot. But now there’s a new culprit in town: your laundry. When researchers in Israel compared fungus-laced socks that were washed in warm water to those washed in hot water, they found that 36% of the socks in the warm water remained contaminated while only 6% of those in the hot water did.
The take-away? Wash your gym clothes in hot water. Which would you rather have, a higher heating bill or itchy feet?
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